Wadj Amulet

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Feldspar
Dimensions: 5.8 cm high
Price: 900 Euro
Ref: 1271
Provenance: Collection Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir, acquired on 15 May 1930 from Salahaddin Sirmali in Cairo and then brought to the USA.
Condition: Excellently preserved.
Description: Large amulet of light green stone, possibly feldspar, in form of a papyrus sceptre. On top a ribbed eyelet for suspension. The papyrus stems stands for the word wadj – “to be green, to be young”. The holder of the amulet therefore hopes for everlasting youth. The wadj amulet counts besides the udjat eye and djed pillar as one of the most common mummy amulets and were mostly placed in multiple designs on the mummy. Wadj amulets are due to their importance worked out in green faience or green stone like greenschist, jadeite or feldspar. The first known wadj amulet originates from Tutankhamun’s funerary treasures. As soon as it was not exclusively reserved for royal families or priests it became one of the most popular amulets, which was used until the Roman period. With finely carved leaf decoration on the upper part and on the shaft tip.